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The top 10 business schools are an ideal start-point when you’re looking for the best business school for your leadership and management training. But who decides which are the best business schools in the world– and how?
Each year, independent, reputable sources like the Financial Times, Forbes and The Economist rate accredited business management schools to identify the top 10 business schools - both overall and in different subcategories, such as MBA, EMBA, executive education, European business schools, and leadership. So you won’t see just one list of “top 10 business schools”, you’ll also see “top 10 business schools for open programs”, “top 10 business schools for MBAs” and even “top 10 business schools for leadership”.
Within each category, various factors are compared, such as career progress; diversity; professors’ research output; and more. In general, data are gathered through surveys of the schools, graduates and recruiters, as well as by evaluation of the number of professors’ publications in selected industry journals.
The better rankings organizations use precise methodology designed by expert surveyors to identify the top business schools in the world. Hundreds of schools qualify to be evaluated. Many get knocked off the list due to insufficient data. The rest fall into rank – and 10 will be called the top 10 business schools.
The qualitative picture: IMD’s story behind the rankings
IMD business school is consistently placed at the top of the top 10 business schools for executive education programs. These rankings reflect IMD’s relentless drive to develop the world’s best global leaders. A pioneer in executive education, IMD stays on top because it constantly innovates to offer executives and companies the management training courses they need, when and how they need them.
Some of the innovative features of IMD business leadership training include:
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